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Extraction site beginning to hurt after two months?

Hi! I got my upper left wisdom tooth pulled at the beginning of April and did everything I was supposed to to take care of it, I brush daily and drink plenty of water.

The spot where they pulled the tooth is beginning to hurt and become tender, it almost feels like it's scratched if that makes sense?

What is happening and how do I help it heal again? I don't think it's Dry Socket, but I can't figure out what it is and how to fix the issue.

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2024/06/12
01:14 UTC

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Why are my back gums hurting a lot when I chew, open my mouth, swallow, or when I touch them?

I do not drink, or smoke and have never done that. I do not take any medication. Medical issues I have is anemia. The dentist told me I have gingivitis and gave me savacol to try for 2 weeks but I can't handle the taste in my mouth and kept drinking water with it, she also gave me a syringe to clean my teeth with but pressing water into that area made it more painful. A couple weeks ago, my right gums were hurting a lot and I found out that it was due to food stuck in gums so I around that time I was only chewing on the left side. But now, my left back gums are hurting a lot, like a jaw like pain, the feeling is as if i bit down hard on it but I don't think its just an ulcer. It stops me from sleeping, I can't chew food even soft food like past, its like an 8 on the pain scale, opening mouth hurts as well, and smiling on that side of my mouth hurts too. It hurts a lot more than when my right side was in pain. Please help. No tooth really hurts, its just the left back gums and my right gums no longer really hurt at all. I don't think its an allergic reaction to savacol, because it started hurting before I even used that mouthwash.

https://imgur.com/a/2sLw4H0

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2024/06/12
01:10 UTC

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Endo is recommending apicoectomy for first time root canal and retreated root canal. Any advice is appreciated

Hi everyone,

My Endo is recommending an apicoectomy for tooth #10 and possibly #8. #10 is in its first root canal and #8 is a retreated root canal. I got both these procedures done in January and had them crowned. What is the best course of action? I’ve spent so much money fixing infected root canal and a new root canal. This is a new doctor as my previous endo (who retreated the root canal) and general dentist (who did the first root canal on #10) only recommended a retreatment on #10. However, after seeing a new endo with a 3D scan, they recommend apicoectomy for tooth #10. Not sure what to do here or consider before moving forward with the apicoectomy.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

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2024/06/12
01:01 UTC

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Does anyone know what this is???

This randomly appeared today and I’m unsure about what it could be, I don’t drink or smoke and it isn’t painful at all, also after I brushed my teeth and used mouthwash it seemed to get a bit smaller so I’m confused, any advice would be appreciated ☺️☺️

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2024/06/12
00:57 UTC

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What to do about debilitating tooth pain??

I’ve got a broken molar that’s got an abscess, it’s been like this for over a year, and would occasionally have a dull pain. I knew it would eventually get to this point but now it’s a constant dull 7 pain, I’ve tried ibuprofen, I’ve tried hydrogen peroxide, listerine, salt water, numbing gel, and wax. None of it helps the pain.

The dentists in my area all say it’s a two month wait, but I found one saying I can get in next Thursday. Still a long time for the pain I’m in.

I’m almost certain it’s infected, and should be looked at asap. You’d think being in excruciating pain would be enough to get seen same day. Love the medical system.

What can I do to tide me over till I get seen/get seen faster? Because I don’t know that I can even sleep like this let alone go to work.

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2024/06/12
00:44 UTC

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EOB/check question.

i went to a new dentist who accepts delta dental, but for my exam/xray i paid out of pocket in full $284 because my insurance wasn’t cleared in their system yet. i just received a claim payment remittance check from delta for $227.20. my EOB states i pay $50 something while my insurance pays $227.20. i’ve already paid the full $284 out of pocket, so is the check mine or does it go to my dentist? i’m confused on whether it’s a refund for paying in full because they couldn’t use my insurance that day. thank you in advance.

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2024/06/12
00:26 UTC

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New bridge is off

Two weeks ago, I got a new dental bridge on my front teeth (last bridge lasted 12 years). The workmanship is beautiful but it was installed a little bit too far to the right. Besides feeling a little off, there is a small gap between the pontic tooth and the gum. Will it be possible to have it removed, placed correctly, and then recemented? Or should I learn to live with it as is? Thank you.

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2024/06/12
00:21 UTC

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Why am I getting annual cavities lately?

I (41/F) switched to a new dentist in 2023. I’ve long gone to modern dentists with newer technology, but this place seems particularly up to date. It has good reviews, is very nice, and is located in a more expensive part of town.

Since I started going to them I’ve had four cavities filled, and now they told me I have two more, so a total of six.

Two cavities discovered in August 2023, then filled in October 2023

Two new cavities found in January 2024, then filled in between my teeth March 2024

Two new cavities need to be filled in between my teeth as of June 2024

Prior to this I had not had any new cavities after 2016, of which I’d had three by this point in life. So all these new cavities have just started popping up since 2023–no cavities for seven years before this.

What is happening here? Is it really just genetic as I get older? Why do they keep finding news ones every few months instead of all at the same time?

I feel like I do everything right for my teeth: I go to the dentist four times a year for teeth cleaning (my insurance covers it), I had a fluoride treatment this year. I floss everyday. I brush well and rotate between a soft brush and the vibrating toothbrush the dental office recommended. I even use stannuous fluoride sometimes and use fluoride mouthwash. My gums are healthy, and so am I. I drink lots of water, exercise daily, and don’t eat a ton of sugar.

The x-ray images show some light gray at the edges of the tooth. I don’t truly know how to read a tooth x-ray but I assume this means decay has started and the cavity must be filled.

However I’m also a little worried about drilling holes in my teeth prematurely. As I understand it, different dentists diagnose cavities differently…so this dentist might be more aggressive than maybe my more conservative dentist before. The thing is, I don’t understand what that means. When I ask them to explain the reason I need the cavity they simply point to the X-ray as evidence. It’s not very helpful to me.

What questions can I ask? What should I do?
How else can I protect my teeth from cavities? I really don’t want to have more cavities to fill next year and the year after that and so forth.

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2024/06/12
00:05 UTC

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Can wisdom teeth disappear or just not develop?

A few years ago, when I was still a minor, I got x-rays taken and they said I had 3 wisdom teeth developing. Now, they said I am evolved, and I have 0. How could this have happened? Did they just not fully develop and then disappear? I was very confused to say the least and any input would be appreciated!

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2024/06/12
00:05 UTC

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White mass on lingual frenulum

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2024/06/11
23:43 UTC

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Dentin hypersensitivity long term treatment ?

Hello,
according to studies/metananalisys/personal experience what is the most effective to treat dental hypersensitivity on the long term please?

I would love to hear your feedbacks :)

Thanks

https://preview.redd.it/fjmsil0ohz5d1.jpg?width=581&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=cd28ab0761b3138e1774b7270b184923d9e0bfdd

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2024/06/11
18:15 UTC

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Titanium implant after broken tooth - Visible hole in the gums

I broke my tooth recently, they had to remove it, and they put in a titanium implant in order to put the artificial tooth in 3-4 months time. At the end, they did some sticking to the gums. However, when I had a look a few hours later at home, I now have a hole where the tooth was extending down through the gums, I Cannot see the actual titanium screw. I read somewhere that this hole is usually stitched shut until the artificial tooth is implanted.

My first question is it normal to have a hole in my gums where the implant was inserted and to not be able to see the titanium screw?

And how am I supposed to eat normally when I have a sizeable hole in my gums that could potentially have food trapped inside after eating and wouldn't this make me more liable to infections?

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2024/06/11
23:37 UTC

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What is this?

I was fine a few hours ago. Out of nowhere I got severe pain over my wisdom tooth, can barely open my mouth. I called my Dentist’s emergency line and they said I would be fine to take Motrin and gargle with salt water for now.

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2024/06/11
23:27 UTC

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Is this normal?

I had my tooth removed 36 hours ago and this is what it looks like? Is it supposed to look like this? Is it healing correctly or am I getting a dry socket?

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2024/06/11
23:18 UTC

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Red bump on wisdom tooth

What is this red bump? It is right on top of where my wisdom tooth is coming in

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2024/06/11
23:14 UTC

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Will the piece of my tooth that shot up into my gum come back out???

Help

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2024/06/11
23:13 UTC

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is this a craze line?

feels incredibly sore and loose

also side question- is that my wisdom tooth growing in, in the back?

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2024/06/11
23:13 UTC

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What is this??

Top of my mouth and I don’t know what it is , I know I have a bunch of teeth I need pulled but what is this been there for five days so far .

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2024/06/11
23:11 UTC

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Did I just cause dry socket??

I had a back molar pulled, I think tooth #3, and a temp bridge put on. Somehow for some reason I keep accidentally drawing air into my mouth (in a wtf kind of way it’s like I can’t talk right today) and while I was in the shower a few minutes ago it happened again and this time blood starting coming up in my spit something fierce for a good few seconds.. I took the gauze out hours ago because it stopped bleeding and ironically right before hopping in the shower I took a pain pill. Is this normal bleeding that just randomly occurred again or is this like.. did I just suck the clot out… basically am I gonna be in hell tomorrow?

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2024/06/11
23:09 UTC

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Is it normal for a 7 year old to get braces?

Took my 7 yo kid to the dentist and they said that she qualifies for braces, itll come down to 6,000 dollars. Thats a lot of money. My main concern is am i getting scammed or do 7 year old kids that haven't lost all their baby teeth can still get their braces? And if she does gets it now, will she have to get another one at a later age?

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2024/06/11
23:02 UTC

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Cracked tooth plan/questions.

I have a cracked tooth. It's the second premolar on the top left. The first premolar was extracted 9 years ago (for no good reason, a long story) and a vertical crack/craze line on the front surface (which had been between the teeth) with a small patch of decay at the end towards the gum was revealed.

At the time the tooth was asymptomatic and the decay didn't extend through the enamel so a watch and wait plan was advised.

Over the years I have used tooth mousse and flouride toothpaste topically in the decayed pit and it has gradually remineralised (first x ray show it almost through the enamel, today's showed nothing, the enamel is full thickness there again). But unfortunately obviously the craze line/crack has not gone away and during the pandemic I developed a habit of teeth clenching in my sleep and sadly I now have a few issues with the tooth.

Mainly it hurts more than its neighbours when I have a cold or a sinus infection. It is also minutely more sensitive to cold (about as sensitive as the opposite molar which has a big amalgam filling). Occasionally if I chew something which sticks and builds up in the fissures on the biting surface it is sensitive to sweet. Hot and sour don't seem to affect it. Chewing hard things doesn't seem to either although I do occasionally bite just right that I feel it, but it doesn't really hurt, I just feel it a bit. It doesn't hurt when chewing softer foods or sticky foods, whether biting down or releasing.

Today I mentioned the slight sensitivity and pain with sinus issues (I'm just getting over a sinus infection) the dentist pushed and tapped on it and its neighbours which was all fine, but then caused a tiny hint of pain by probing the crack. It wasn't agony and it didn't linger, just a little "ow" as he did it. Since the appointment it's been a bit tender but so has a lot of my mouth which is normal for me after a cleaning.

He advised I get a night guard and that we try removing the crack and putting a composite filling in as a splint and taking the opposing tooth down a shade to reduce load on the front of the cracked tooth. A prior dentist told me "if it's cracked I'll just need to extract it". He seemed to think this was crazy and said as it has no restorations at all and only the small remineralised old decay he wanted to try everything else first. He said as I'm not in pain chewing on it, it's only slightly sensitive and there's no pocket in the gum, it was probably still pretty superficial. But, he said, if the crack was too deep for the filling to work that he'd do a crown and if the crown didn't save the pulp he'd do a root canal treatment then another crown and only if that failed think of extraction.

I don't know what I'm looking for. I like this dentist a lot but I've never actually needed treatment from him. I've just had 2 check ups. I'd like reassurance I guess that his plan sounds solid. I really didn't like the old dentist who told me she'd just extract it if it was a true crack (back then it was asymptomatic but we were discussing if it was a craze line or an actual crack) but I suppose her stark opinion stuck with me. Can you really fix a crack with a filling?

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2024/06/11
23:00 UTC

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Bloody tooth

Please help!

I noticed today a small bloody dot on my tooth VERY close to my gum line. Is it a cavity? Every time a floss in that spot there’s seems to be a great deal of blood there?

TIA!

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2024/06/11
22:44 UTC

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